Revelation's Seven Trumpets

Lesson 6 - The Fifth Trumpet Part 1

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00:16 Well, good morning.
00:19 Another day. Day number three.
00:22 We're on a roll.
00:24 We've studied eight lessons so far.
00:28 And today we are going to get into a study
00:31 on the fifth trumpet.
00:34 And basically, the fifth trumpet is going to take all day.
00:38 There are many, many pages, and I think it will be a
00:41 blessing to understand the meaning of the fifth trumpet.
00:44 And then in the session tomorrow we'll probably dedicate
00:48 most of the day, if not all of the day,
00:50 to a study of the sixth trumpet.
00:53 So we want to begin with a word of prayer.
00:57 And so I invite you to bow your heads with me as we ask
00:59 the Lord to be with us today.
01:01 Father in heaven, we thank You for giving us life this day.
01:05 We thank You for bringing us together to study Your Word.
01:09 We ask that You will bless each session today.
01:13 That you will also bless all of those who are
01:15 watching the live stream.
01:17 Lord, we're living, we believe, in the last days.
01:21 And we need to understand prophecy so that we might
01:24 remain firm in the trials ahead.
01:27 So give us divine wisdom to understand.
01:30 We pray in the precious name of Jesus, amen.
01:37 We're going to begin on page 127 of our study notes.
01:43 The fifth trumpet.
01:44 This is chapter 6 of the study notes.
01:47 Now in order to understand the fifth trumpet,
01:51 it is helpful for us to review some elements
01:55 of what we studied in the fourth trumpet.
01:59 So we're going to take a look at the fourth trumpet,
02:05 as well as the first four churches
02:10 of the book of Revelation.
02:12 Now there's a foundational principle of interpretation
02:16 when we study the book of Revelation.
02:19 And that is, that the churches, the seals, and the trumpets
02:25 cover the same basic historic periods,
02:28 but from different perspectives.
02:30 Each series adds details that the other series doesn't have.
02:35 And the churches really are the skeleton
02:39 of the book of Revelation.
02:41 In other words, the churches are like Daniel 2 to Daniel.
02:47 Daniel is the foundational prophecy in all of the
02:50 additional prophecies in the book built on Daniel 2.
02:54 The seven churches are the foundational prophecies
02:57 that give you the structure of the entire book of Revelation.
03:01 And we're going to notice an example of that
03:03 as we study this morning.
03:06 Now let's go to the bottom of page 127
03:12 and review the first four churches.
03:15 The first church, seal, and trumpet describe
03:19 the apostolic church.
03:22 The second church, seal, and trumpet
03:25 describe the period when the Roman emperors
03:29 persecuted the church.
03:32 The third church, seal, and trumpet describe
03:37 the time when paganism penetrated the church
03:40 in the days of Constantine.
03:43 The fourth church, seal, and trumpet
03:47 describe the period when the apostate papal church
03:50 eclipse the Bible and the work of Christ
03:54 in the heavenly Sanctuary.
03:57 Now let's notice Ellen White's remark about the seven churches.
04:02 In, Acts of the Apostles, page 585, Ellen White wrote,
04:08 "The names of the seven churches are symbolic
04:12 of the church in different periods of the Christian Era.
04:17 The number 7 indicates completeness,
04:20 and is symbolic of the fact that the messages extend to..." When?
04:26 " the end of time, while the symbols used
04:30 reveal the condition of the church at different periods
04:34 in the history of the world."
04:36 So the seven churches represent seven periods.
04:41 That's why you have the number seven.
04:42 It's the totality of the history of the Christian church
04:46 in consecutive stages; beginning with Ephesus,
04:50 the apostolic church, and ending actually,
04:55 Revelation says Laodicea, but really the church is
04:58 going to return to the condition of Philadelphia.
05:00 I won't get into that right now.
05:02 Futurist expositors such as Hal Lindsey and Dave Hunt
05:08 who are not Seventh-day Adventists...
05:09 They believe in the rapture of the church
05:11 and all of this literal interpretation of prophecy
05:14 at the end of time.
05:16 They agree that the seven churches represent
05:19 seven periods of Christian history.
05:22 So this is not a unique Seventh-day Adventist view.
05:25 This is a view that is held also by non-Adventists.
05:30 Now what we want to do is take a look at the fourth church.
05:35 Because we're going to find that in the fourth church
05:38 we have a summary of the fourth, fifth, sixth,
05:44 and seventh trumpet.
05:46 So the paragraph just before the title in yellow here
05:52 on page 128 says, the central protagonist
05:57 of the fourth church is, whom?
06:00 Jezebel.
06:02 It is clear that Jezebel cannot be a literal person.
06:07 Because during the Dark Ages
06:10 literal Jezebel was already dead.
06:13 Doesn't take much intelligence to figure that out.
06:16 It is obvious that Old Testament Jezebel
06:19 did not live 1260 years.
06:23 Now the mention of Jezebel in the church of Thyatira,
06:27 the fourth church, makes it necessary to study what?
06:32 The Elijah story.
06:34 Because Jezebel is the central protagonist of the Elijah story.
06:38 Let us compare the Old Testament story
06:41 with the period of the fourth church, Thyatira.
06:45 Because there's a striking parallel between what happened
06:48 in the days of Elijah and what happened during the
06:51 church of Thyatira, the fourth church.
06:54 Here is the description of the fourth church
06:57 with my explanatory notes in brackets.
07:01 So what you have in brackets are my comments
07:04 about the message to the church of Thyatira.
07:07 We will notice that the fourth church actually summarizes
07:12 the central events of the fourth, fifth, sixth,
07:17 and I will add the seventh trumpet as well.
07:20 You say, "Well, how is that?"
07:23 Well, we're going to notice that the fourth church
07:26 describes the 1260 year persecution,
07:31 it describes the French Revolution,
07:34 it describes the period of judgment,
07:36 and it also describes the conclusion of the judgment
07:40 when Jesus takes over the kingdom.
07:43 You say, "Well, how is that?
07:45 All of that is in the fourth church?"
07:47 Yes.
07:48 Do you remember Daniel 7?
07:51 In Daniel 7 you have these four beasts:
07:55 you have a lion, you have a bear, you have a leopard,
07:58 you have a dragon beast.
08:00 The dragon beast sprouts ten horns.
08:01 Then a little horn comes up and rules for how long?
08:05 Time, times, and the dividing of time.
08:09 Now at the end of the time, times, diving of time
08:12 there's a judgment scene, right?
08:15 In other words, Jesus goes into the presence of the Father.
08:18 The Father sits, the judgment begins.
08:20 Jesus goes into the presence of the Father
08:22 to receive the kingdom.
08:24 What is the kingdom?
08:25 The kingdom are the people that have been proved
08:28 in the judgment to be followers, true followers of Jesus.
08:33 So are you with me?
08:34 Now we're going to see all of those elements
08:37 here in the church of Thyatira.
08:40 So let's go to the bottom of page 128
08:44 and take a look at the church of Thyatira
08:47 to see if we can find all of these stages.
08:49 The fourth trumpet, we said yesterday that the fourth
08:52 trumpet represents what?
08:54 The period of papal dominion during the 1260 years.
08:59 We're going to find the fourth trumpet, the fifth trumpet,
09:01 the sixth trumpet, and the seventh trumpet
09:03 summarized in the message to Thyatira.
09:06 So let's go to Revelation 2:20.
09:16 This is the church of Thyatira.
09:21 So who is at work in the church of Thyatira?
09:24 It is Jezebel.
09:26 Immediately that tells us, if you want to understand this
09:30 you have to go where?
09:31 You have to go back to the original story
09:34 where Jezebel is mentioned.
09:36 You have to go back to the Elijah story.
09:38 By the way, is Jezebel also symbolized by the beast
09:42 of Revelation 13 and the harlot of Revelation 17?
09:46 Is it the same power that ruled 1260 years?
09:50 Absolutely.
09:51 So let's continue.
09:53 " allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself..."
10:00 And the New King James says, "sexual immorality,"
10:02 but really it is fornication.
10:06 Let me ask you, whom did Jezebel fornicate with?
10:10 She fornicated with the king of Israel.
10:13 Did the papal church fornicate with the kings of the earth?
10:18 See, we're dealing with symbols here.
10:20 Jezebel is not literal, so the fornication must be what?
10:24 Must be symbolic with the kings of the earth.
10:27 So it says, "...who calls herself a prophetess..."
10:33 Fornication.
10:34 That's the union of church and state.
10:36 Did that happen during the 1260 years?
10:38 Absolutely.
10:42 Does that involve idolatry?
10:44 Was the church idolatrous during the 1260 years?
10:47 Absolutely.
10:54 How much time?
10:57 Time, times, and the dividing of time.
11:00 Are you with me or not?
11:02 Now let's continue.
11:03 Did she repent?
11:05 No. "...and she did not repent."
11:08 So what does God say?
11:09 Because she did not repent, something is going to happen.
11:16 "...sickbed..."
11:18 What does that refer to?
11:20 The deadly wound that was given to the papacy.
11:23 In other words, Revelation 13 tells us it's the deadly wound.
11:27 So we have to look at all of these things together.
11:29 The story of Elijah, we have to look at Revelation 13,
11:32 we have to look at Daniel 7.
11:33 Because they're all describing the same period of history.
11:37 So it says here, "Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed,
11:42 and those who commit adultery with her..."
11:44 Who would those be?
11:46 The rulers, right?
11:48 So the harlot is going to be cast into a sickbed,
11:51 and also the rulers who fornicate with her
11:55 are also going to be cast into a sickbed.
11:58 And they're going to be cast into what?
12:01 "...great tribulation..."
12:03 What does the great tribulation here refer to?
12:06 It refers to the French Revolution.
12:09 Let me ask you, was the French Revolution a huge
12:12 upheaval against the harlot that sent her to her sickbed?
12:17 Was it also a traumatic event for those who were
12:22 ruling in France?
12:23 Absolutely.
12:25 So this is describing the French Revolution.
12:27 It says, "...unless they repent of their deeds.
12:29 And I will kill her children..."
12:31 Oh, the harlot has children.
12:34 Who are the children of the harlot?
12:37 Ah, the harlot is the mother.
12:40 So she must have what?
12:42 So she must have daughters.
12:44 What do the daughters represent?
12:47 They represent apostate what?
12:49 Apostate Protestantism.
12:52 So it says, "...I will kill her children with death,
12:55 and all the churches..."
12:57 See, now all of the churches, all of human history,
13:00 all of the history of the church is involved here.
13:09 What is that a description of?
13:13 The investigative judgment. Right?
13:16 Is that parallel to Daniel 7?
13:18 Immediately after speaking of the little horn
13:21 that ruled time, times, and the dividing of time, you have what?
13:25 The investigative judgment in heaven.
13:27 And here, immediately after speaking about Jezebel,
13:31 which is the same power that ruled during the 1260 years,
13:34 it says that God searches the minds and the hearts.
13:38 And what is he going to do?
13:40 He is going to what?
13:42 The judgment is going to determine the reward.
13:46 Right?
13:47 And so it says, "And I will give to each one
13:50 of you according to your..." What?
13:53 "...according to your works."
13:54 That is describing the time when Jesus comes
13:57 to take His people home.
13:59 The people that have been shown to be His followers
14:01 in the investigative judgment.
14:03 Are you with me or not?
14:05 So the church of Thyatira, by the way, describes
14:08 the fourth trumpet, which is the period of papal dominion,
14:12 it describes the fifth trumpet, the French Revolution.
14:16 It describes also the sixth trumpet, we're going to notice,
14:20 because she is going to have a resurrection.
14:24 And it describes also the seventh trumpet
14:27 when the judgment is over and Jesus takes over
14:30 the everlasting kingdom with the subjects of His kingdom
14:34 that have been determined
14:36 during the investigative judgment.
14:38 Are you following me or not?
14:39 This is an amazing passage.
14:41 Now we're going to unpack this in the next few minutes.
14:44 I'm not going to read everything we find in the Elijah story,
14:48 all of the Bible verses, because we have way too much to cover.
14:52 But I'll pick and choose.
14:54 Now let's go to page 129.
14:58 In the Old Testament story, that is parallel to the
15:02 fourth trumpet, by the way, Jezebel is shown to be a
15:07 pagan priestess who introduced a synchronistic hybrid religion.
15:14 In other words, it was not pure paganism.
15:17 It was paganism mingled with the worship of the Lord.
15:23 That's the reason why Elijah said on Mount Carmel,
15:25 "Why do you live between two opinions.
15:28 If the Lord is God, follow Him; and if Baal, follow him."
15:31 But don't try to follow both.
15:33 So she introduced a synchronistic hybrid religion
15:38 that lead God's people Israel into what?
15:41 Into apostasy.
15:43 In Revelation, Thyatira represents the period
15:46 of history when the Christian church blended
15:50 paganism with what?
15:52 With Christianity.
15:53 Does the papacy claim to be a Christian system?
15:56 Did it embrace a whole bunch of pagan practices?
16:01 Absolutely. There's the parallel.
16:03 And this church behaved like Jezebel.
16:07 This period is the same as the fourth trumpet.
16:10 So let's compare the story of the historical Jezebel
16:15 with the story of the prophetic Jezebel.
16:18 And we're going to draw eleven parallels
16:21 between historical Jezebel, the Old Testament Jezebel,
16:26 and of course those who accompany her in the story,
16:29 and what happens during the period of the fourth trumpet.
16:34 The first parallel is that historical Jezebel
16:39 led Israel into what?
16:41 False worship to what?
16:45 To the sun-god, Baal.
16:48 Now you can read that in 1 Kings 16:30-31.
16:52 It's right there.
16:54 The last part of the verse says that Jezebel joined
16:58 with King Ahab, and Ahab went and served Baal, and what?
17:05 And worshiped him.
17:06 So there's the worship of the sun-god.
17:09 Ellen White has a very interesting statement,
17:13 at the bottom of page 129.
17:15 And by the way, you can read also from secular sources.
17:18 Easton's Bible Dictionary, let's read that one first.
17:21 "The sun-god, under the general title of Baal,
17:25 or 'lord,' was the chief object of worship of the Canaanites.
17:30 Each locality had its special Baal, and the various
17:34 local Baals were summed up under the name of Baalim, or 'lords.'
17:40 Each Baal had a wife, who was a colorless
17:44 reflection of himself."
17:45 And that, of course, is the moon goddess, Asherah.
17:49 And by the way, that's why they worshiped idols
17:53 of silver and gold.
17:54 Silver was in honor of the moon,
17:56 and gold was in honor of the sun.
17:59 So what was Baal?
18:01 The sun-god.
18:03 Ellen White confirms this.
18:05 In, Great Controversy, page 583, she wrote,
18:09 "Though in a different form, idolatry exists in the Christian
18:13 world today as verily as it existed among ancient Israel
18:17 in the days of Elijah.
18:19 The god of many professedly wise men, of philosophers,
18:24 poets, politicians, journalists; the god of polished fashionable
18:28 circles of many colleges and universities,
18:31 even of some theological institutions,"
18:34 have mercy, "is little better than Baal..." The what?
18:38 "...the sun-god of Phoenicia."
18:42 So what was Baal?
18:43 The sun-god.
18:45 So what worship did Jezebel introduce into Israel?
18:49 Sun worship.
18:51 Did the church during the 1260 years have anything
18:54 do with the sun?
18:56 Yeah, it's no longer the literal sun,
18:59 we're not dealing with worshiping the literal sun.
19:02 We're dealing with worshiping when?
19:04 On the day of the sun.
19:06 Sun-day.
19:08 And in a previous presentation I showed that basically it's
19:11 the same principle.
19:13 You know, anything that man makes for worship is idolatry.
19:20 The first day of the week is not a day of worship.
19:22 So if you make it a day of worship, that's idolatry.
19:25 God did not create the sun as an object of worship.
19:28 So if you make it an object of worship, that's idolatry.
19:31 It's the same basic principle.
19:34 Now prophetic Jezebel also does the same thing.
19:38 Does prophetic Jezebel introduce idolatry into the church
19:45 during the 1260 years?
19:48 We're at the top of page 130.
19:50 Absolutely.
19:51 We're told here that the Jezebel of the 1260 years
19:57 introduced idolatry.
19:59 It led people to eat things sacrificed to idols.
20:04 You have this statement from Ellen White,
20:06 "The spirit of concession to paganism opened the way
20:10 for a still further disregard of Heaven's authority.
20:13 Satan tampered with the fourth commandment also,
20:17 and essayed to set aside the ancient Sabbath,
20:22 the day which God had blessed and sanctified,
20:24 and in its stead to exalt the festival observed by the
20:28 heathen as 'the venerable day of the sun.'"
20:31 Do you see the connection that Ellen White makes
20:33 with the worship of the sun with the worship on the
20:36 day of the sun?
20:38 Now the second parallel that we have is that Jezebel
20:42 is called the mother.
20:47 And she is a harlot.
20:50 And she is involved in the occult.
20:54 Interesting.
20:56 Is that true also of prophetic Jezebel,
20:59 the Jezebel of the 1260 years?
21:02 Absolutely.
21:04 Notice Revelation 17:1-2, 5.
21:07 I'm not reading the historical part.
21:08 You have it right there.
21:10 Because we don't have enough time to do everything
21:14 that we have in this study manual.
21:17 It says in Revelation 17:1...
21:29 So you have a harlot in both stories.
21:37 Is that true also of Jezebel with Ahab?
21:40 Absolutely.
21:57 So the end time harlot, who is also the harlot
22:01 during the 1260 years, is referred to as the what?
22:05 As the mother, she's a harlot,
22:09 and she's involved in the occult.
22:11 Is the papacy also involved in the occult?
22:15 Notice Revelation 18:23, speaking about Babylon.
22:19 "For your merchants were the great men of the earth..."
22:28 What is at the root of the occult?
22:30 What is at the root of spiritualism?
22:33 The idea that the dead are not dead.
22:35 The immortality of the soul.
22:37 Is Roman Catholic theology based on the idea that
22:40 the dead are not dead?
22:42 You look at the entire theology of the Roman Catholic Church,
22:45 it is based on the idea of the immortality of the soul.
22:48 You pray to the saints, you pray to Mary,
22:50 you know, you do special mass for people who are dead.
22:54 You know, people go to hell and to burn while they're alive,
22:57 or they go to purgatory to purge their sins.
23:00 Everything is based on spiritualism.
23:03 And the idea, of course, of spiritualism is based
23:07 on the immortality of the soul.
23:09 Let's notice the third parallel.
23:12 The issues in the days of Elijah are the same issues
23:16 that involve the papacy during the 1260 years
23:20 as well as in the end time.
23:22 What are the issues?
23:23 The first issue is concerning the law of God.
23:28 The second issue is concerning worship.
23:32 And the third issue has to do with the true gospel.
23:37 Now were these the three issues of controversy
23:40 in the days of Elijah?
23:42 Yes.
23:43 1 Kings 16:30-31, I'm not going to read it,
23:46 but you'll find that we are told there
23:49 that Ahab, of course, and all of Israel, went and served
23:53 Baal and worshiped him.
23:55 So worship is involved.
23:57 Is the law involved?
23:59 Absolutely.
24:00 When Elijah meets Ahab, what does he say to Ahab?
24:05 " have forsaken..." What?
24:07 "...the commandments of the Lord and followed the Baals."
24:11 So are the commandments involved in the story of Elijah?
24:15 Absolutely.
24:17 Is the gospel involved?
24:19 Absolutely.
24:21 You say, "How do we know that?"
24:22 Well, what did Elijah do when he went to Mount Carmel?
24:27 The first thing that he did was repair the altar of the Lord
24:31 that had been torn down.
24:33 What is it that was placed on the altar?
24:36 Sacrifices.
24:38 What did the sacrifices represent?
24:40 They represented the death of Christ for sinners.
24:45 So was the gospel torn down during the days of Elijah?
24:49 Three issues: worship, the commandments of God,
24:53 and the pure gospel.
24:55 By the way, yesterday we studied that the Roman Catholic system,
25:00 what did it do with Jesus Christ?
25:03 It eclipsed the work of Jesus Christ.
25:07 And it also eclipsed the testimony of the church.
25:11 And so this is parallel to what we studied yesterday.
25:16 Now let me ask you, in the book of Revelation
25:18 do we have the same three issues?
25:20 Absolutely.
25:21 On page 132 you have the issues.
25:24 Revelation 13:4.
25:30 The beast is a symbol of the papacy.
25:39 So is worship involved when it comes to the beast,
25:41 which is the same as Jezebel?
25:43 Yes. Is the law involved during the 1260 years
25:48 and at the end of time?
25:49 Yes. You know Daniel 7:25.
25:52 It says that the little horn, which is the same as the beast
25:55 or the harlot, thought that is could change what?
25:58 It could change God's holy law.
26:01 Also, is the true gospel involved?
26:04 Remember, we studied Daniel 8 yesterday.
26:07 What did the papacy do?
26:09 Instead of the showbread, it gave what?
26:11 Tradition.
26:12 Instead of the once for all sacrifice,
26:15 it established the mass.
26:17 Instead of the light of the church enlightening the world,
26:23 it was the period of the Dark Ages.
26:25 Instead of the intercessory work of Christ,
26:28 a counterfeit priesthood now was placed to intercede.
26:32 Did the papacy interfere with the true gospel?
26:35 It most certainly did.
26:37 Now, notice the fourth parallel.
26:41 During the period of historical Jezebel,
26:44 because of the apostasy there was no what?
26:48 There was no rain.
26:50 Is that true also of the 1260 years?
26:54 Notice Revelation 11:16. That's the top of page 133.
27:01 "These..." That is the two witnesses.
27:03 What do the two witnesses represent?
27:06 The Bible. The Old and New Testament.
27:08 What do they have power to do?
27:10 " shut heaven so that no rain falls
27:14 in the days of their prophecy."
27:17 Are you catching the point?
27:18 So was there any rain because of the apostasy
27:21 in the times of Jezebel?
27:22 No. Was there any rain during the period of spiritual Jezebel?
27:27 Absolutely not.
27:28 And by the way, why was there no rain
27:31 during the 1260 years?
27:34 Well, we find here in 2 Chronicles 7:13-14 the answer.
27:38 God says, "When I shut up the heaven
27:40 and there is not rain, or command the locusts
27:43 to devour the land, and send pestilence among My people,
27:47 if My people that are called by My name will..." What?
27:50 "...humble themselves, and pray and seek My face..."
27:53 Ah, now comes the key portion that most people don't quote.
27:57 "...and turn from their wicked ways,
27:59 then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin
28:02 and heal their land."
28:04 Why was there no literal rain during the days of Elijah?
28:07 Because people were in apostasy.
28:10 Why was there no rain during the 1260 years?
28:13 Because people were in apostasy.
28:15 And what does the rain represent?
28:17 The rain represents the absence of what?
28:21 Of the Holy Spirit.
28:22 And that's the reason why the candlestick doesn't have the oil
28:26 and therefore it's the Dark Ages.
28:27 Because the candlestick... The church does not give light.
28:31 Now let's notice the fifth parallel.
28:33 This is the bottom of page 133.
28:36 How long did it not rain in the days of literal Jezebel?
28:42 James 5:17 tells us.
28:57 How long is that?
28:59 Time, times, and the dividing of time.
29:03 Of course, all of this is coincidence.
29:06 You think?
29:07 No.
29:09 What is literal in the Old Testament becomes
29:11 symbolic during the church period.
29:13 Now let's notice Revelation chapter...
29:18 I don't have the reference here, but this is found in
29:22 the story of the church of Thyatira.
29:24 It says, "I gave her..." What?
29:27 "...time..." The word is Chronos.
29:30 What word do we get from chronos?
29:32 Chronology.
29:33 "I gave her chronological time."
29:35 That is 1260 years.
29:37 " repent of her sexual immorality," or her fornication,
29:41 "and she did not repent."
29:43 How long did God give Jezebel the harlot to repent?
29:48 Notice Revelation once again.
29:50 This is Revelation 11.
29:52 "And I will give power to my two witnesses,
29:54 and they will prophesy..." How long?
29:57 " two-hundred and sixty days,
30:00 clothed in sackcloth."
30:03 1260 days is equivalent to what?
30:06 Time, times, and the dividing of time.
30:08 Notice Daniel 7:25.
30:11 "He shall speak pompous words against the Most High,
30:14 shall persecute the saints of the Most High,
30:17 and shall intend to change times and law.
30:19 Then the saints shall be given into his hand..."
30:22 For how long?
30:23 "...for a time, and times, and half a time."
30:26 Three and a half years.
30:28 But here they are symbolic years.
30:31 In the Old Testament they are literal years.
30:33 Are you with me?
30:35 Very important principle.
30:37 Now let's go to the next parallel, parallel number six.
30:40 Was there a faithful remnant in the days of Elijah?
30:45 Yes. Not only Elijah, but also what?
30:49 Ooh.
30:50 "I have reserved seven thousand in Israel,
30:54 all whose knees have not bowed to Baal,
30:57 and every mouth that has not kissed him."
31:00 So was there a faithful remnant?
31:02 A minority? Yes there was.
31:04 Was there also a remnant in the church of Thyatira?
31:08 Here's a very interesting word.
31:10 Revelation 2:24-25
31:13 "Now to you I say, and to the rest in Thyatira..."
31:18 Now that is not a good translation.
31:20 The expression, "the rest," is the Greek word, "loipos."
31:26 It's the same word that is used in Revelation 12:17
31:30 where the dragon goes against the remnant of her seed.
31:34 "Loipos," should be translated, remnant.
31:37 Was there a remnant in Thyatira?
31:39 Yes there was.
31:41 So it says here, "Now to you I say, and to the
31:45 remnant in Thyatira..."
31:46 What characterized the remnant?
31:49 Oh, " many as do not have this doctrine..."
31:52 In other words, those who did not follow
31:54 the teachings of Jezebel.
31:56 "...who have not known the depths of Satan..."
31:58 So is there a faithful remnant during this period? Yes.
32:02 "...I will put on you no other burden.
32:04 But hold fast what you have until I come."
32:08 Let's notice a seventh parallel.
32:12 Who was blamed in the days of Elijah for everything
32:15 that was occurring?
32:17 Elijah.
32:19 Was he hunted by the powers that be?
32:23 Yes. Notice 1 Kings 18:17.
32:26 "Then it happened, when Ahab saw Elijah..."
32:35 Who was blamed to be the troubler of Israel?
32:38 It was Elijah.
32:41 And so now they hunt for him.
32:43 Notice 1 Kings 18:10 and 17.
32:47 "As the Lord God lives, there is no nation or kingdom..."
32:51 This is Ahab speaking.
32:58 This is a messenger sent by Ahab to Elijah.
33:01 He's saying, "You know, my master has sent me
33:03 to look for you everywhere."
33:12 So did they hunt for Elijah, try to hunt him down
33:16 to destroy him?
33:17 Absolutely.
33:19 Is that true also of prophetic Jezebel's period?
33:23 Notice here Revelation 12:6.
33:30 Why is she fleeing?
33:32 On vacation?
33:34 No. She's fleeing because Jezebel, spiritual Jezebel,
33:37 wants to finish her off.
33:48 So you have this parallel.
33:51 Historical Jezebel and Ahab persecute Elijah
33:56 and blame him for what's happening.
33:58 The same happens during the 1260 years.
34:01 Let's notice parallel number eight.
34:04 Where did Elijah find refuge?
34:08 He found refuge in the wilderness, right?
34:13 Where did prophetic Elijah during the period of Jezebel
34:17 find refuge?
34:20 Ah, notice Revelation 12:6 and 14.
34:24 "Then the woman fled into..." Where?
34:27 "...the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God
34:30 that they should feed her there 1260 days."
34:34 And verse 14, "However, the woman was given two wings
34:38 of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness
34:41 to her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times,
34:45 and half a time from the presence of the serpent."
34:48 So Elijah is protected when he flees to the wilderness.
34:52 And the church during the period of spiritual Jezebel
34:55 also flees and goes to the wilderness.
35:00 What happened with Elijah there in the wilderness?
35:02 He starved to death, right?
35:05 No. He was fed by God.
35:07 He was nourished by God.
35:09 Notice what we find in 1 Kings 17:4.
35:13 "And it will be that you shall drink from the brook,
35:16 and I have commanded the ravens to..." What?
35:19 " feed you there."
35:21 So was the historical Elijah fed?
35:24 Yes.
35:26 1 Kings 17:6 says, "The ravens brought him bread
35:29 and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening;
35:34 and he drank from the brook."
35:36 Is this true also of prophetic Elijah during the 1260 years?
35:44 Absolutely. Let's read Revelation 12 again, verse 6.
35:57 And then verse 14 says that she would be what?
36:01 Nourished there.
36:04 Are you seeing the parallels?
36:06 There's just too many parallels for this to be a coincidence.
36:09 You see, the key point is that the church of Thyatira
36:13 mentions Jezebel.
36:16 And Jezebel never appears alone.
36:18 Whenever Jezebel appears, her bad company appears too.
36:23 Her three enemies, which are the prophets of Baal,
36:26 Jezebel, and Ahab the king.
36:32 Now let's go to the next parallel.
36:34 Parallel number ten.
36:37 Was the harlot Jezebel a murderer of God's people?
36:42 Yes.
36:43 You can read that in 1 Kings 18:4 where it says
36:46 that Jezebel massacred the prophets of the Lord.
36:50 And in 2 Kings 9:7 it says...
37:04 1 Kings 19:1-2 basically says the same thing,
37:08 that Elijah had to run for his life from the wrath of Jezebel.
37:14 Let's notice the parallel at the top of page 137.
37:20 Did spiritual Jezebel or symbolic Jezebel
37:24 persecute God's faithful people during the 1260 years?
37:28 Notice Daniel 7:25.
37:46 In Revelation 17 it even speaks of the harlot.
37:48 Jezebel was a harlot.
37:50 So here you have a harlot in Revelation 17,
37:52 and what characteristic does she have?
38:05 Chapter 18 and verse 24 adds, "And in her,"
38:09 that is, in this harlot system...
38:19 So very interesting parallels, aren't they?
38:23 Now let's notice the last parallel,
38:25 parallel number eleven.
38:29 Jezebel had false prophets, right, that did her bidding.
38:33 But do you know that she also had a daughter
38:35 who did her bidding?
38:38 Incidentally, I might say that the false prophets
38:44 and the daughter are interchangeable.
38:47 Let me ask you, in Revelation chapter 13
38:51 does the mother have daughters?
38:54 It's called the false prophet, right?
38:57 But in Revelation 17 the harlot's followers
39:00 are called her what?
39:02 Her daughters.
39:03 Now, what we have to do is we have to compare two stories.
39:08 The story of Elijah in the Old Testament,
39:10 and you have to compare the story
39:12 of the New Testament Elijah.
39:14 Who is the New Testament Elijah?
39:15 I'm not talking about this end time Elijah of the 1260 years.
39:18 I'm talking about the New Testament Elijah who is whom?
39:22 John the Baptist.
39:24 How many enemies led to the death of John the Baptist?
39:27 Three.
39:29 By the way, Jesus identified John the Baptist
39:31 as Elijah three times.
39:34 Matthew 17, Matthew 11, and Luke chapter 1.
39:38 He identified... He said, "This is Elijah."
39:40 Of course, not in person.
39:42 He came to do the work of Elijah.
39:43 To prepare a people for the first coming of Jesus.
39:47 Now, have you ever read the story of the deaths
39:49 of John the Baptist?
39:51 The Elijah of the New Testament.
39:53 There is King Ahab.
39:54 Is he the dangerous figure in the story?
39:57 No, he's not the dangerous figure.
39:59 You know, he would have done nothing unless
40:01 it was for whom?
40:04 Aaah.
40:06 For Jezebel. Right?
40:09 But Jezebel used her false prophets to what?
40:14 To extend the false religion of Baal,
40:16 and to search for Elijah.
40:18 So in the Old Testament, Jezebel, the false prophets
40:22 do what she says because they eat at Jezebel's table.
40:24 And you don't bite the hand that feeds you.
40:28 And so they want...
40:30 You know, this union in the Old Testament
40:32 of Jezebel influencing the king who had a weak character,
40:37 and using the false prophets, they try to seek out
40:40 Elijah to kill him.
40:43 Now in the story of John the Baptist, the king,
40:45 is he a wimp?
40:47 Was Ahab a wimp?
40:49 They had the same character.
40:50 He's a wimp.
40:52 Excuse the expression.
40:54 But you understand what I'm saying.
40:56 You know, he actually liked John the Baptist.
40:58 You read the story in Mark chapter 6.
41:01 He enjoyed sitting and listening to him.
41:03 But there was a harlot who hated John the Baptist.
41:06 Who was it?
41:08 Herodias.
41:09 And by the way, she was an adulterous woman because
41:11 she was sleeping with someone who was somebody else's husband.
41:16 Right?
41:18 And so, what did she want to do?
41:20 She wanted to kill John the Baptist.
41:22 But it's like she had a deadly wound.
41:24 She couldn't, it says there in Mark chapter 6.
41:28 And so what does she do?
41:31 She says to her daughter at a banquet,
41:33 she says to the daughter, "Hey, you know, ask the king
41:39 to give you the head of John the Baptist."
41:41 And I'm shortening the story.
41:43 And the daughter says, "Mother!
41:48 What are you saying, mother?"
41:49 No. The daughter, it says, immediately...
41:53 Like mother, like daughter.
41:56 The daughter goes and says, "Give me the head of
41:59 John the Baptist on a silver platter."
42:02 And that's how John the Baptist died.
42:06 The end time trilogy, or enemies,
42:10 are the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet.
42:13 The dragon represents the kings of the earth.
42:15 The beast is the papacy, or the harlot.
42:18 And the false prophet are the daughters.
42:21 Is the same going to happen at the end of time?
42:23 Are the kings of the earth the primary danger for God's people?
42:27 No. The kings are not.
42:31 Who tries to influence the civil powers of the world?
42:36 The papacy. But she has what?
42:38 A deadly wound.
42:40 So she needs whom?
42:42 Her daughters, or the false prophet, to do her bidding.
42:45 Are you with me?
42:47 This is not speculation.
42:51 This is what the Bible calls typology.
42:53 This is typology.
42:54 Type and anti-type.
42:56 Now did Jezebel...
42:58 See, Jezebel not only had false prophets,
43:00 she had also an apostate daughter that did her bidding.
43:03 You say, "Now wait a minute."
43:05 Do you know who usurped the throne after Jezebel?
43:09 Her daughter called Athaliah.
43:12 Let's read about Athaliah
43:14 in, Bible Commentary, volume 2, page 1038,
43:20 Very interesting.
43:22 "With her seductive arts,
43:24 Jezebel made Jehoshaphat her friend."
43:29 That was the king of Judah.
43:31 "She arranged a marriage between her daughter Athaliah
43:34 and Jehoram, the son of Jehoshaphat.
43:38 She knew that her daughter, brought up under her guidance
43:43 and as unscrupulous as herself, would carry out her designs."
43:52 Are you seeing the parallel?
43:55 Now, let's unpack this.
43:58 Who are the daughters when it comes to the 1260 years
44:03 and the end time?
44:05 Well, the daughters represent the Protestant denominations
44:12 that were born from the mother in the 16th century.
44:17 Let me ask you, did the daughters totally sever their
44:20 relationship with their mother?
44:23 You know why the Protestant churches
44:25 are going to return to the mother?
44:26 Because they never fully broke away from the mother.
44:30 They kept some of the doctrines of the mother.
44:37 Two of them primarily.
44:38 Well, actually three.
44:40 Sunday as the day of worship,
44:44 the immortality of the soul,
44:47 and an eternally burning hell.
44:50 Those will be the links, Ellen White says
44:52 that Sunday and the immortality of the soul
44:55 will be the glue that will bring them together.
44:59 So the daughters were never able to sever their
45:01 relationship with their mother,
45:03 and they will come back to mother.
45:05 Let's read Revelation 17:5.
45:09 This is page 138.
45:19 And we notice in Revelation 2, Thyatira,
45:22 "I will kill her..." What?
45:24 "...her children with death..."
45:26 So Jezebel has what? Children.
45:29 You know, at Vatican Council II, the ice began to melt
45:35 in the relationship between the Protestants and the Catholics.
45:40 And there were actually Protestants that went
45:43 as observers to Vatican II, which took place
45:47 between 1962 and 1965.
45:50 And I want you to notice a couple of very
45:51 interesting statements here
45:54 that were made by Roman Catholics at the council.
46:00 First of all, John XXIII, who was the one who
46:03 called the council; the pope.
46:06 He addressed the Protestants who were there observing
46:11 in the following way:
46:12 "The Roman Catholic Church, she wants to be an affectionate,
46:19 kind, and patient..." What? "...mother.
46:23 She is moved by compassion and goodness toward
46:26 her alienated children."
46:30 Interesting, isn't it?
46:33 Pope Paul VI, who followed John XXIII,
46:37 during Vatican Council II added, "Because of their position,
46:43 separated brethren are the object of deep and tender
46:47 affection on the part of the mother church.
46:52 It is a love that feels grief and sadness,
46:55 the love of a heart wounded by estrangement,
46:58 because the estrangement prevents our brethren
47:01 from enjoying so many privileges and rights
47:04 makes them lose so much grace.
47:06 But perhaps for this very reason its love is all the deeper
47:10 and more burning."
47:14 Very, very interesting.
47:16 The mother saying that the Protestants are her what?
47:22 Children.
47:24 Notice, Great Controversy, pages 382 and 383.
47:28 "Babylon is said to be 'the mother of harlots.'
47:32 By her, 'daughters,' must be symbolized..." What?
47:35 "...churches that cling to her doctrines and traditions,
47:39 and follow her example of sacrificing the truth
47:44 and the approval of God in order to form an unlawful
47:48 alliance with the world."
47:50 And in the, Spalding and Magan Collection, page 1,
47:54 this is a significant statement.
47:56 I wish I had time to unpack the entire statement.
47:59 This is just a portion.
48:01 "Then I saw the mother of harlots;
48:03 that the mother was not the daughters,
48:07 but separate and distinct from them.
48:10 She," that is the mother, "has had her day,
48:13 and it is past, and her daughters, the Protestant sects,
48:19 were the next to come on the stage and act out the same mind
48:24 that the mother had when she persecuted the saints."
48:30 Are you catching the picture?
48:32 And Protestants today, they think that this pope
48:39 is marvelous and magnificent
48:42 because he speaks about helping the poor,
48:45 and taking care of creation,
48:47 and he washes the feet of prisoners.
48:51 They say, you know, this individual is the one who can
48:54 bring the world together in love.
48:57 Why? Because they've cast aside the shield of truth,
49:01 which is this Book.
49:03 Doctrine means nothing to Protestants anymore.
49:06 It's just, "Oh, let's just all agree to disagree.
49:11 Let's just all get together and feel good together."
49:16 Doctrine and truth means nothing anymore in this world.
49:19 Postmodern thinking has destroyed the idea
49:22 that there's such a thing as absolute truth.
49:25 But there is absolute truth, and it's in this Book.
49:30 Now, we have one more thing that we need to do.
49:35 Is there going to be an end time Elijah?
49:38 Yes there is.
49:40 The Elijah of the 1260 years is not the final Elijah.
49:44 The conclusion of the story is still in the future.
49:47 We know this for several reasons.
49:50 At the end of the 1260 years, the civil powers
49:53 mortally wounded Jezebel, but did not totally what?
49:58 Annihilate her.
50:01 Second, the daughters of Jezebel are still what?
50:04 Alive and well.
50:06 So they haven't been killed the way that we're told
50:10 in the message to the church at Thyatira.
50:13 Third, the great and terrible day of the Lord
50:15 has not yet what? Come.
50:18 And God promises to send Elijah before the great
50:20 and terrible time of the Lord.
50:23 And finally, God did not yet translate the church to heaven
50:27 like He did Elijah.
50:29 So are we to expect another Elijah?
50:32 Yes.
50:34 By the way, does the Old Testament tell us
50:37 that there is going to be another Elijah?
50:41 Yes.
50:43 It says in Malachi 4, and I'm not going to read
50:46 this entire passage, Malachi 4:1-6,
50:50 "the day is coming, burning like an oven,"
50:53 the wicked will be stubble, they will be burned up,
50:57 neither root nor branch will be left.
51:00 Is this describing the coming of Christ in fire?
51:02 Yes. But what is He going to do before He comes?
51:06 Ah, let's go down here to verse 4.
51:10 There are two individuals that are mentioned here.
51:14 "Remember the Law of Moses..."
51:23 So who is brought to view?
51:24 Moses.
51:26 Who else is brought to view?
51:27 "Behold, I will send you..." Whom?
51:29 "...Elijah the prophet before the coming of the
51:32 great and dreadful day of the Lord.
51:34 And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,
51:36 and the hearts of the children to their fathers,
51:38 lest I come and strike the earth with a curse."
51:41 By the way, if you go to Revelation 11,
51:45 the two witnesses really are Moses and Elijah.
51:49 The work that Moses and Elijah did.
51:52 Because the witnesses turn water into blood.
51:55 We're going to study this later on.
51:56 Who turned water into blood?
51:58 Moses.
52:00 And they make fire come down from heaven.
52:02 Who brought fire down from heaven?
52:04 Elijah.
52:05 So the mention of Moses has to do with God's commandments.
52:10 The mention of Elijah means bringing God's people back
52:15 to the roots to prepare for the coming of the Lord.
52:19 Now why will there be an end time Elijah?
52:22 Well, because there's an end time Jezebel.
52:26 If you have Jezebel, you have to have, you know, Elijah too.
52:31 Right?
52:33 And you have to have also Ahab; the kings of the earth.
52:37 And you have to have the daughters.
52:39 Because they all are in the same story.
52:41 They all work together.
52:43 Now Revelation 6:9-11.
52:46 It doesn't look like we're going to be able to
52:48 finish this in this time period.
52:49 We'll have to come back to it.
52:51 But Revelation 6:9-11 is the fifth seal.
52:56 The fourth seal represents the period
52:58 of papal dominion.
53:01 What did the papacy do with God's people?
53:04 Slew God's people.
53:06 So in the fifth seal, the souls that were slain
53:10 under the fourth trumpet, under the fourth seal,
53:13 what are they doing?
53:14 They're crying out, "Lord, until..." When?
53:17 You can read this here.
53:19 "...until..." When?
53:20 " you not judge and avenge our blood
53:24 on those who dwell on the earth?"
53:26 "How long are You going to allow our blood to be shed?"
53:30 What is God's answer to them?
53:33 Notice verse 11.
53:42 So this first group of martyrs that were killed
53:44 during the 1260 years, they're told, they cry out for justice,
53:49 and God says to them, "You're going to..." What?
53:51 "You're going to rest for a little while longer."
53:54 But let me ask you, is there going to be
53:55 another group of martyrs?
53:57 Yes.
53:58 It says...
54:07 So is there going to be a future group of martyrs?
54:09 Yes, because the past group of martyrs cry out,
54:12 God gives them a white robe, He says,
54:14 "You're safe, you're secure.
54:15 You know, you're going to rest for a while
54:17 until the rest of the martyrs die."
54:19 When is it that the rest of the martyrs are going to die?
54:21 During that short time of trouble right before
54:25 the close of probation.
54:26 And who is going to be the protagonist
54:28 that is going to encourage that?
54:31 It is going to be a resurrected Roman Catholic papacy.
54:37 And let's go here to Revelation 2:22.
54:41 "Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed..."
54:43 This is the fifth trumpet, we're going to notice.
54:46 The fifth trumpet is the deadly wound,
54:48 the French Revolution, that makes the papacy inactive.
54:53 So it says, "Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed..."
54:55 That is this harlot Jezebel that worked during the 1260 years.
55:00 "...and those who commit adultery,"
55:02 or fornication, "with her..."
55:04 That is the kings of the earth.
55:06 "...into great tribulation..." That's the French Revolution.
55:09 "...unless they repent of their deeds."
55:11 Now what does it mean to cast her into the sickbed?
55:15 Well, notice what a very reputable lexicon says.
55:21 Arndt and Gingrich Lexicon, page 436,
55:24 explains that this means, "To lay someone in a sickbed;
55:29 that is, to strike her with an illness..."
55:33 It gives Revelation 2:22.
55:35 "...a lingering illness as..." What?
55:39 " divine punishment."
55:41 Was the papacy divinely punished?
55:43 You better believe it.
55:45 But what does Revelation 13:3 have to say?
55:49 The deadly wound is going to what?
55:51 Heal.
55:53 "And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded,
55:56 and his deadly wound was healed.
55:58 And all the world marveled and followed..." What?
56:02 "...and followed the beast."
56:05 Do you notice that the Elijah story broadens ever more?
56:08 It's like throwing a pebble into a lake,
56:10 and then you have the ripples that go wider and wider.
56:13 Where does the first Elijah minister?
56:18 In Israel.
56:20 What about the second Elijah?
56:22 In western Europe.
56:25 What about the last Elijah?
56:28 In the world.
56:30 Are you with me or not?
56:32 Now, Revelation 12:17 describes end time Elijah.
56:41 "...offspring..." Or the remnant of her seed, I like better.
56:45 And what do they do?
56:52 Which is the spirit of prophecy.
56:54 Let's read the paragraph at the top of page 141.
56:58 After the three and a half times,
57:00 God raises up a people who keep the commandments of God,
57:05 have the gift of prophecy, preach true worship
57:09 to the Creator on His holy Sabbath,
57:11 restore and proclaim the everlasting gospel,
57:15 denounce Babylon, and lead the world to take a stand
57:19 for the seal of God or the mark of the beast.
57:22 This end time Elijah will enlighten the world
57:25 with a loud cry.
57:27 As Elijah brought fire down from heaven,
57:28 the entire Mount Carmel was illuminated
57:31 when he gave his message.
57:33 Who is that end time remnant?
57:35 That end time remnant is the Seventh-day Adventist,
57:38 the faithful in the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
57:41 I need to qualify that.
57:43 Because Ellen White states that most of those who are
57:47 in the church will eventually leave.
57:49 Sadly.
57:50 So did you understand what we studied?
57:53 You really have a summary of trumpet four,
57:56 five, six, and seven.


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